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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888



1901 - 1903

Notts County 1-2 Reading

First round: January 25th 1902

Scorers: {Notts} George Lewis: {Reading} Allison {pen-20}, Alec Davidson

Attendance: 20,000

Ranked at the time: 17

Southern League Reading stunned struggling County in front of their own fans at rent Bridge in a near blizzard. The Royals dominated the opening exchanges and deservedly took a two goal lead at the interval. County fought back in the second period but Reading survived.

County: 1:Harry Pennington, 2:George Lewis, 3;Jack Montgomery, 4:Bob Innes, 5:Harry Mainman, 6;Ted McDonald, 7:Fred Spencer, 8:Alf Warner, 9:Walter Bull, 10:Jack Morris, 11;Ellis Gee

Portsmouth 2-0 Grimsby Town

First round replay: January 29th 1902


Scorers: Frank Bedingfield, Arthur Chadwick

Ranked at the time: 18

Like County, Grimsby were fighting at the wrong end of the First Division when they travelled to Southern League leaders, Portsmouth for a first round reply after being held 1-1 at home on the Saturday. Pompey were on their way to the Southern League title and progressed with goals from two men who knew all about inflicting cup upsets. Two years earlier Frank Bedingfield netted QPR's winner over Wolves while Arthur Chadwick had helped guide Southampton to the cup final. After knocking out Reading in round two Portsmouth held Derby to a quarter final replay.

Town: 1:Walter Whittaker, 2:George 'Bodge' Mountain, 3:Alex McConnell, 4:John Griffiths, 5:Paddy Gray, 6:Alfred Nelmes, 7:Harry Fletcher, 8:Duncan Ronaldson, 9:Bill Appleyard, 10:George Harper, 11;Andy Gardner

Southampton 4-1 Liverpool

Second round: February 8th 1902

Scorers: {Southampton} Edgar Chadwick {15, 80}, Bert Lee {25}, Joe Turner {60}: {Liverpool} George Fleming {65}

Attendance: 14,000

Ranked at the time: 6

Liverpool: 1:Bill Perkins, 2:Jack Robertson, 3:Billy Dunlop, 4:Charlie Wilson, 5:Alex Raisbeck, 6:Billy Goldie, 7:Jack Cox, 8:George Fleming, 9:Andy McGuigan, 10;John'Sailor' Hunter, 11:Tommy Robertson

Bury 2-3 Southampton

Quarter final: February 22nd 1902

Half time 1-0

Scorers: {Bury} George Ross, Charles Sagar: {Southampton} Harry Wood, Edgar Chadwick, Joe Turner

Attendance: 25,000

Ranked at the time: 15

Bury: 1:Archie Montgomery, 2:Jimmy Lindsay, 3:Jimmy 'Punch' McEwan, 4:John Johnston, 5:Frank Thorpe, 6:George Ross, 7:Billy Richards, 8:Wilie Wood, 9:Charles Sagar, 10:Tom Gray, 11:Jack Plant

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Southampton

Semi final @ White Hart Lane, Tottenham: March 15th 1902

Scorers: {Nottingham} John Calvey {57}: {Southampton} Albert Brown {77-pen, 90}, Edgar Chadwick {70}

Attendance: 20,000

Ranked at the time: 8

Southmpton had already reached the cup final once as a Southern League club and once again showed the strength of this league in knocking out three premier clubs on the way to the 1902 final. Their demolition of defending League Champions Liverpool in the first round stood out as the most impressive of the three victories. Despite being a non league club Southampton could call on players who were more than capable of holding their own in the top flight. Keeper Jack Robinson and Arthur Turner were both former England Internationals, as was Harry Wood who had Captained Wolves to their 1893 cup triumph and Egar Chadwick, a championship winner with Everton. Tommy Bowman was twice a part of Aston Villa title winning sides while Sam Meston had played in the top flight for Stoke. At the other end of the scale a young Bert Lee was embarking on a career that would lead to that rarest of things, an England International who playedf or a Scottish club while the famed amateur Charles Burgess Fry was a new arrival to join a team filled with many survivors of Saint's 1900 cup final. In the final itself Southampton earned a replay against Sheffield United through a late and highly controversial equaliser before going down gallantly in the replay. The Chadwick brothers earned the unique distinction of not only playing for but scoring for two different giant killers in the same season with Arthur netting for Portsmouth while Edgar netted for Saints.

Forest; 1:Harry Linacre, 2:John White, 3:Jim Iremonger, 4:George Robinson, 5;Frank Forman, 6:George Henderson, 7:Fred Forman, 8:Arthur 'Sailor' Capes, 9:Jack Calvey, 10;Grenville Morris, 11;Alf Spouncer